From the Ask Joe file one of our viewers has a question about DUI checkpoints which we see a lot of during the holiday season.
Howard Holden wrote in asking why law enforcement agencies around Reno advertise when they will be conducting a DUI checkpoint ? Howard thinks that's just giving DUI drivers a chance to make sure they avoid the checkpoint .
I checked with Trooper Chuck Allen at the Nevada Highway Patrol about this. He says it is something they discuss as far as a strategy but Trooper Chuck says their primary goal is to get people talking about the issue of drunk driving, to keep the discussion alive.
That is more effective they feel than surprising people with a checkpoint.
Law enforcement is planning another checkpoint tomorrow night. And they'll have extra officers on the road through january sixth as part of what they call saturation patrols . They use grant money to pay for overtime and equipment so extra officers can be out on the roads during the times when there figures to be more people drinking and driving.
So one strategy might to be to try to surprise you with their efforts, Trooper Chuck says they prefer to let everyone know how they're cracking down and enforcing the law with extra officers in hopes that you'll think twice before drinking and driving.